Sunshine Coast Council’s annual planned burn season will begin this month with nine sites across the Coast earmarked for treatment as long as the weather remains dry and the winds favourable.
The nine locations Council expects to cover include Meridan Plains, Coolum, Ninderry, Mountain Creek, Peachester, Currimundi, Mount Coolum, Weyba Downs and Peachester.
Environment Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said Council’s proactive fire management program had two aims—public safety and to protect and enhance the environment.
“Planned burns help to reduce the amount of fuel on the ground before the bushfire season threatens,” Cr McKay said.
“If the burns don’t take place, there is a greater public safety risk as more fuel makes control of bushfires more difficult and dangerous for both firefighters and the community.
“Periodic fires are also vital for the ongoing survival of some plant species.
“These plants are dependent on regular fires to regenerate and maintain healthy populations.
“To reduce the impact on animals, burns are lit in a manner that provides an unburnt edge to allow an escape route for wildlife.
“Burning during cooler weather generally leaves 25-50% of a site unburnt giving animals safe areas to escape to.”
Cr McKay said a trained Council team would watch the weather closely.
“As soon as the ideal conditions present, the team will work on the ground with the Queensland Fire and Emergency Service to undertake the nine prescribed burns over four to six weeks,” Cr McKay said.
“People can expect to see smoke from the Nicklin Way, Sunshine Motorway or the Bruce Highway.
“If they do, and are concerned, please head to the QFES website, Council’s website or Facebook page for the most up-to-date information.”
Notification letters have been sent to neighbouring residents to advise of upcoming burns.
Residents should keep windows and doors closed and medication nearby if required.
All burns occur within the requirements of a permit issued by the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services.
Residents can stay in the loop of the burn schedule via Council’s Facebook page or website